Rev. Margaret Minnicks is an ordained Bible teacher. She writes many articles that are Bible lessons.
According to the dictionary, consistency is being in the habit of doing the same thing on a regular basis. Consistency is the act of living by the same principles. It is the practice of being the same when it comes to attitudes, behaviors, beliefs, and characteristics.
When you are consistent with whatever you do, people can depend on you. They do not have to wonder what you will do because they know you can be trusted to do what you said you will do when you said you will do it. A consistent person is not a wishy-washy person. He makes up his mind and sticks to what he says he will do or not do.
Consistency is adhering to the same principles in a steadfast and unwavering way. Consistent people are those who achieve things of value and meaning in their lives by not keep changing their opinions about what they want. Consistency is one of the keys that help people succeed in their daily lives when it comes to their work, their relationships, and their worship.
Benefits of Being Consistent
If you are not consistent, you will probably make it a conscious decision to become consistent when you know the benefits of consistency.
- People know what to expect from you.
- People can depend on you.
- People know and admire your track record.
- You are more successful in achieving your goals.
- Consistency is the key to being successful in every area of your life.
- If you want to achieve anything of value and meaning in your life, then you need to be consistent.
- People who are consistent are good witnesses for God.
- Consistency keeps people close to God by having an intimate relationship with Him.
How Is God Consistent?
God expects consistency from us because He is consistent. He would not require us to do something that He does not require Himself to do.
We can depend on God because He is consistent in what He says He will do. His plans stand firm forever. You and other people might be inconsistent in many things, but God is never inconsistent in anything. All his promises are "Yea and Amen." That means God will do exactly what He said He would do.
"The plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations" (Psalm 33:11).
God never changes. That is a major sign of consistency. Because God does not change, we can trust Him. However, we cannot trust inconsistent people. They might tell you they will pick you up to take you to the airport at 6 a.m. to catch a flight at 7:30 a.m. You get ready and you wait and wait, but it is 6:45 a.m. when your inconsistent friend shows up. You are on pins and needles as he speeds to the airport. Even though you got to the airport on time, that is not something you want to go through whenever you depend on someone to do something for you.
People will let you down when they are inconsistent. God is reliable. You can count on God to remain the same. He remains constant in His attitude and love towards you at all times. You will always know what to expect from God. Not only will God always mean what He says, but He will always follow through on what He says.
What God Expects About Consistency From Us
The Bible contains many scriptures and examples about consistency because God expects consistency from all people. Here are the areas in which God expects consistency.
- God expects consistent obedience.
- God expects consistent faithfulness.
- God expects consistent follow-through on promises.
- God expects a consistent relationship with Him.
What Happens When You Are Consistent
When you are consistent, you are also committed. Your commitment shouldn't change with the circumstances. Some people give up instead of being steadfast and consistent when things don't go well with them. Those are the times when it is evident if a person is consistent or not. Consistent people will keep going, but inconsistent people will give themselves excuses to give up.
"Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord" (1 Corinthians 15:58).
Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on July 04, 2021:
The last verse you quoted has always been a source of encouragement for me. Thanks for the motivation to be consistent.
Brian from Kuala Lumpur Malaysia on July 03, 2021:
Ms. Margaret, thank you for this enlightening reminder. I for one struggle to be consistent in numerous aspects of my life, especially the part about keeping promises. I dish out promises easily but find hard to see it through. It often made me question my purpose because I have a tendency to be fickle-minded and switch around without being able to commit to something.
For once, reading what you have to share gave me the realisation that God Himself has set a very good example for us to follow. He sees through His promise to be there for us if we believe in Him. For starters, I would want to build a consistent and enduring relationship with Him because I feel the inconsistencies and disruptive patterns emerge due to my absent-mindedness in managing my relationship with Him.
Thank you truly for this piece, Ms. Margaret!
Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on July 03, 2021:
Yes, I think it's always important to be consistent in life. Sometimes I'm not lol, but I do try to be most of the time. :)